Liverpool haven’t had the best time with injuries this season. Jürgen Klopp has been forced to deal with a litany of first team stars being ruled out through injury and illness – some of them suffering from both. There’s a crucial tie with Leicester City on the horizon. Thiago returning to fitness could come at the perfect time in light of the Trent Alexander-Arnold injury.
Liverpool fans spent all summer waiting for Thiago to sign.
Then he did. It was amazing. We were bowled over, utterly ecstatic about his arrival.
He played the second half against Chelsea and was incredible, breaking a record despite only having been at the club a couple of days.
Then he tested positive for COVID-19.
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Then he came back and put in a Man of the Match performance in the Merseyside Derby. Garth Crooks called him a ‘class act‘ for his performance.
Then we learned that the horrific Richarlison tackle towards the end of the game was to rule him out for a few weeks. We haven’t seen him since.
We’ve since lost even more players to injury.
Just before the international break the Scouser in our team pulled up with a calf problem when we faced Man City.
Trent Alexander-Arnold limped off at the Etihad after dropping to the ground an hour into the tie.
We learned after the game that he would miss the next four weeks, ruling him out of a visit from Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City.
Thiago return – perfect timing
Fans are expecting, if hoping, that Thiago could return from injury after the international break.
There were suggestions that he was edging closer to fitness before the break.
Some even put forward a conspiracy theory that he wasn’t included in the squad to face Man City because the club didn’t want him to be selected for Spain.
If Thiago, as expected/hoped, returns to the lineup to face Leicester City then his return comes at the perfect time.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has been our playmaker for a couple of years now.
The arrival of Thiago has alleviated that burden when the Spaniard has played.
Now that Trent is ruled out, we desperately need the ex-Bayern man back in the side to pull the strings in the Scouser’s absence.
Given that the summer signing could be in the lineup for our first game without the right back, his return could be perfectly timed.